Oscar winners Melissa Leo and Ray McKinnon and Emmy winners Jessica Collins, Camryn Manheim, Timothy Busfield, and Patricia Wettig are among 19 new castings for Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, an anthology based on the stories and inspirations behind Parton’s most beloved songs.
New and classic Parton music will score every episode for the Netflix anthology. Each story will vary in tone, from love stories and inspirational tales to family dramas, Westerns and revenge comedies.
Each episode will begin with an introduction by Parton talking/singing to the camera (as herself) about the meaning behind each song. Parton will also star/guest star in some stories. Each episode is a stand-alone story and will have a different cast.
Produced by Magnolia Hill Productions and Sandollar Productions in association with Warner Bros Television for Netflix, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings will premiere this year, exact date TBD.
Executive producers include Sam Haskell, Parton and Patrick Sean Smith (who also serves as showrunner).
Previously announced episodes include “Jolene”, “JJ Sneed”, “These Old Bones” and “If I Had Wings.”
Former Once Upon a Time star Colin O’Donoghue has already been cast in the title role in “JJ Sneed.” Willa Fitzgerald (Scream: The TV Series), David Denman (13 Hours), Mac Davis and Vanessa Rubio (Cobra Kai) are also in the cast.
In the episode, written by Jim Strain and directed by Terry McDonough, O’Donoghue plays Sneed, Fitzgerald portrays Maddie, Denman is Deke Fletcher, Davis will play Reverend Riggs, and Rubio is Cimmaron.
Set in the 1880s, the episode centers on a feisty young woman trapped in a mundane existence who dreams of more, until a seductive outlaw pulls her into the adventure of a lifetime.
Also on board is Katie Stevens, star of The Bold Type for Freeform, who will appear in the Two Doors Down episode.